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Electronic Crime Institute

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $1,667,960)

The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program (Byrne Discretionary Program) helps local communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and provides for national support efforts. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 08 Congressional Budget. Funds should be used for purposes recommended by Congress.

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) will establish an Electronic Crime Institute (ECI). They will provide digital forensics education and training to criminal justice students, law enforcement professionals, and the legal community. ECI will also develop, produce, and disseminate content to educate the public about cybercrime, including identity theft, fraud, and exploitation. Phase I, the start-up of the multi-phase ECI project, will include establishment of a computer forensics education lab and new curriculum in electronic crime. Phase I will also include development of a public-sector electronic crime education program that will serve as an expansion of the product that police agencies currently use. Phase II of the project will expand training for the business sector and include computer networking crime. Phase III will add course development and training in manufacturing and industrial security. DMACC will collaborate with the FBI, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Secret Service as part of the project.


Date Created: September 22, 2008